Monday, August 8, 2011

Kale and Mushroom Stuffed Grilled Chicken

This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite recipes Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken. With summer and grilling season in full swing I wanted to try grilling instead of baking and use more seasonal produce. Whatever you have on hand and use you really can't go wrong with the stuffing....just follow the basic instructions.
Kale and Mushroom Stuffed Grilled Chicken

2 tsp olive oil, divided
4 medium shallots, minced
1/3 cup sliced mushrooms

1/3 cup cranberries
4 cups shredded kale, packed
4 T toasted pine nuts or walnuts
2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
sea salt, to taste
1/4 t ground pepper, divided
4 4oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
juice 1/2 lemon
Heat 1 t oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add shallots and saute until softened, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to cook for one minute, stirring frequently. Add kale to pan, stir well and cook until wilted, about 1 min. Stir in nuts and sage, season with salt and pepper, and pour stuffing into a mixing bowl lined with a paper towel to drain excess liquid. Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature.
Lay 1 chicken breast horizontally on a cutting board. starting at the thickest side of the breast, hold a sharp knife parallel to the work surface and slice breast horizontally about 3/4 of the way through, then open up breast like a book.
Place sliced breast opened-faced and flat between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and gently pound to 1/2 inch thickness with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin. remove plastic wrap and repeat process with remaining 3 breasts. Divide stuffing evenly among 4 breasts, placing stuffing lengthwise along bottom edge of each breast. Carefully roll up the chicken breast tightly (like making a sandwich wrap) Secure with toothpicks.
In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, remaining olive oil and salt and pepper. Brush over chicken.
Place on grill and cook for about 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked (165F internal temp) and stuffing is heated throughout.

Until next time...

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